"A fresh, funny, and profoundly poignant new work."
—New York Times
Join us in the Bing Studio for a re-construction and a re-imagining of Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life by choreographer John Bernd (1953-1988), a pivotal figure in the 1980’s downtown NYC dance scene. Throughout his life, Bernd created interdisciplinary work dealing with themes of mortality, spirituality, and queer intimacy. He was also one of the first artists in the NYC dance community to be diagnosed with HIV. In this piece conceived by Ishmael Houston-Jones, who danced with Bernd in the '80s, excerpts are re-configured to create a new vision of Bernd's work, honoring the life of an artist lost too soon.
Pre-show conversation on May 5: HIV/AIDS, Dance and Memory
Join us at 6:30 PM before the May 5 performance for a free conversation on the impact of HIV/AIDS on a generation of dance artists in New York and San Francisco. Choreographers Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez will be joined by Bay Area performance makers Rhodessa Jones and Keith Hennessy to discuss how their artistic practices have memorialized and continue to respond to the ongoing epidemic.
Conceived by Ishmael Houston-Jones
Co-directed by Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez
Choreography by John Bernd
Compositions by John Bernd, arranged and re-mixed by Nick Hallett
Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other works by John Bernd premiered at Danspace Project in 2016 as part of Platform 2016: Lost & Found.
Dance, music, text, and visual imagery drawn from the following pieces by John Bernd:
Surviving Love and Death, 1982
Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life, Part One, 1982
Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life, Part Two, 1983
Avant Garde a Go Go, 1984
Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life, Part Three, 1985
Be Good To Me, 1985
Monkey Go West, 1985
Two on the Loose, 1988